Monthly Archives: September 2013

Tips for Making Your Commercial Property Tick-Free

Posted on September 27th, 2013 by
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Lyme disease is often picked up in familiar places. To reduce the risk of tick bites and Lyme disease on your property, follow the landscape tips below:

  • Create a mix of landscaping and hardscaping on your commercial property. The less lawn and vegetation on your property, the fewer areas that ticks and tick-bearing animals will have to congregate and spread disease.
  • Create a three foot wide border around flower beds, walls and other areas of your landscape. Use gravel in the border to create a tick-free buffer zone.
  • Frequently clear your landscape of all brush and debris as ticks and tick-bearing rodents often spend time in the brush areas.
  • Consider xeriscaping parts of landscape with plants that need little water such as aloe vera.  Xeriscaped plants do well in extremely dry environments where ticks do not thrive.
  • Place seating areas in direct  sunlight and create shade with large umbrellas. Keeping seating areas away from vegetation will decrease the risk of a tick bite.

Would you like to create a tick-free landscape on your property, contact us at Outdoor Expressions, the premier commercial landscaping firm in Atlanta. We specialize in making your outdoor space a place to remember.

Control Excess Runoff and Help the Planet with a Rain Garden

Posted on September 23rd, 2013 by
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While rain is an essential part of maintaining a great landscape, there are also potential dangers that it creates. Stagnant water creates a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and without an outlet, excess rainwater can lead to flooding. A rain garden is an aesthetically pleasing solution to the challenges that excess rainwater presents.

A rain garden is a landscaped area located in a lowered point in the yard that lies in the direct path of rain runoff. Areas near the driveway or in the path of water coming from a storm drain are ideal for a rain garden.

The benefits of rain gardens include the following:

  • Runoff to streams is reduced, which also decreases the risk of flooding
  • Mulch, plants and other natural life break down harmful pollutants in the rainwater before it is carried to a water body
  • Rain gardens create a natural habitat for local birds and butterflies
  • Rain gardens absorb excess rain water in 2 days or less, reducing the amount of stagnant water left for mosquito breeding

Contact us at Outdoor Expressions, a commercial landscaping firm in Atlanta if you are thinking about a rain garden. We specialize in making your outdoor space a place to remember.

It's Time to Feed! September Landscaping Tips for Georgia

Posted on September 17th, 2013 by
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September is the time to prepare your building’s landscaping for the coming winter months. Both commercial and residential buildings can look good all year with proper care.

The following are a few commercial landscaping tips that can also apply to home gardens.

  • If you have a Fescue lawn, now is the time to aerate and fertilize the lawn. Add new seeds and 18-24-12 fertilizer to stimulate new growth in areas that may have dried up during the summer.
  • Fertilize evergreen shrubs with a balanced 10-10-10 mixture to keep them dark green throughout the winter.  Even evergreens can fade.
  • Watch trees and plants for signs of insects and use insecticides such as Orthene for control. Lacebugs, aphids and scale can attack any plantings, even low maintenance native plants, after a hot, dry summer.
  • You do not need to prune trees and bushes in the fall to encourage new growth.
  • Continue to fertilize hybrid roses for another month. They should bloom well into the fall and go bare in the winter.

These are a few suggestions from Outdoor Expression, landscapers for residential and commercial buildings. Outdoor Expressions is expert at making your outdoor space a place to remember.

Consider Drip Irrigation for Your Commercial Landscaping

Posted on September 13th, 2013 by
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An attractive landscape around a commercial building adds value to the property in both rental income and overall worth. Still, there are costs associated with landscaping that, if not properly controlled, can easily spiral out of control. One of the easiest ways to control these operating costs is with a drip irrigation system. These affordable systems provide a host of benefits, including:

  • Water Savings– In addition to doing your part for the environment by conserving water, you will also see significant savings on your monthly water bill.
  • Affordable Installation – In most cases, drip systems are simply laid on the ground and concealed with mulch. None of the roots systems of any of your landscaping need be disturbed.
  • Low Maintenance Costs – Similarly, since the piping is above ground, it is a simple matter to do any type of repair or maintenance. There is simply no need for costly and unsightly digging.

For more information on drip irrigation systems in particular or for other commercial landscaping tips, please contact us at Outdoor Expressions. We can be found online at OutdoorExpressions.net or you can call us directly at 770-592-9254 and we’ll help make your outdoor space a place to remember.

Tips for Planting Under Tall Trees

Posted on September 9th, 2013 by
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As beautiful as the trees in your landscape can be, you’ve probably noticed how difficult it is to grow anything below them. The inability to grow much underneath the area of a tree is caused by the lack of water the soil underneath receives. This is because the leaves of the tree limits the rainfall that hits the soil, and what water does reach the soil is absorbed by the roots of the tree. This area is often referred to as “dry shade.” The following are a few things that will survive in this area:

  • Perennials – For a clump-forming evergreen that will bloom during the colder winter months, try growing helleborus. Another beautiful perennial known for its ability to grow practically anywhere is aspidistra, also known as the cast iron plant.
  • Groundcovers – Try growing rhodea, which is a clumping evergreen perennial, or woodland stonecrop, which is a low-growing sedum.
  • Ferns – Both dryopteris erythrosora and cyrtomium falcatum, both of which are evergreen perennial ferns, will do well in dry shade. Cyrtomium falcatum is also resistant to deer and rabbits.

For all of your landscape maintenance needs, be sure to contact us online at Outdoor Expressions today.

Consider Composting for Your Landscape Health

Posted on September 2nd, 2013 by
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One of the best ways to take care of your landscape is to add compost to its soil. Compost helps to enrich your soil, which will lead to healthier plant life. The following are tips you should use to create compost:

  • Location – Place your compost bin nearby a doorway. This way you’ll cut down on the distance that you have to walk when bringing out your kitchen waste. If you can, place it near a water faucet or hose.
  • Compost Pail – Pick up a high-quality kitchen compost pail. Look for lids that seal quickly to keep out fruit flies as well as ones that contain air holes and deodorizing filters to help trap the scents of your old vegetables and fruits inside.
  • Adding to the Compost – You’ll want to add both green waste, which includes fruits, vegetables, egg shells, grass, coffee grounds and more, as well as brown waste, which includes napkins, hair, newspaper, sticks, fall leaves and more.

As you add to your compost, it will eventually break down until its ready to apply to your soil. For more advice and information about your landscape maintenance, be sure to contact us at Outdoor Expressions today.